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Bolivia Tours

Bolivia Tours

Like much of its natural environment, Bolivia is wild in some respects, something we explore on our Bolivia tours. Where other countries, through evolution and development, have lost portions of their ancient roots, Bolivia today retains a stark semblance of the Bolivia that existed in the days of yore and in the times of the great Inca civilization, who once called it home.

Just as the mighty Andes mountains within Bolivia's borders have remained largely unchanged throughout the ages, so too do the culture, traditions and legacies of the Incas yet permeate every aspect of Bolivian life. For cultural exploration and discovery, Bolivia rivals any country on the globe, and this, along with its remarkable...   Read More
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Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.

Like much of its natural environment, Bolivia is wild in some respects, something we explore on our Bolivia tours. Where other countries, through evolution and development, have lost portions of their ancient roots, Bolivia today retains a stark semblance of the Bolivia that existed in the days of yore and in the times of the great Inca civilization, who once called it home.

Just as the mighty Andes mountains within Bolivia's borders have remained largely unchanged throughout the ages, so too do the culture, traditions and legacies of the Incas yet permeate every aspect of Bolivian life. For cultural exploration and discovery, Bolivia rivals any country on the globe, and this, along with its remarkable landscape, welcoming people and wealth of attractions, makes the country a fantastic atypical tour destination.

Landlocked Bolivia is often overshadowed by the riches of its northern neighbour, Peru, but to underestimate the beauty of Bolivia would be a mistake.

It’s hard to imagine how people live in the high altiplano regions which most of Bolivia's residents can be found, but people have settled in these high altitude regions for thousands of years. Fertile lands have produced rich foods while llamas and alpacas, distant cousins of the camel, have provided meat and warm wool for people throughout the generations.

Once included within the extent of the Inca Empire, Bolivia is home to another lost tribe, the people of Tiahuanaco. It is believed that their civilization developed over a period of 2,000 years and then mysteriously vanished.

Ancient Inca sites found in Bolivia, ranging from the terraced steps on the Isla del Sol, to the city of Copacabana on the shore of Lake Titicaca. The conquest of the Spanish left a lasting impression on Bolivia, and turbulent history of the lake region can be seen in the many Inca and pre-Inca sites, as well as Spanish colonial churches dotted across the area.

Bolivia provided great riches to the Spanish Empire, especially with the discovery of silver in Cerro Rico, Potosi. It is said the silver discovered in this region helped create phrases such as valer un potosi, "to be worth a potosi" (that is, "a fortune"). At the height of its silver boom, more than eighty six churches were built and the city's population increased to nearly 200,000, making it one of the largest and wealthiest cities in Latin America and in the world.

Other incredible colonial towns visited on Bolivia tours include the university town of Sucre, which includes a large population of indigenous and Quechua speaking peoples today.

While much of Bolivia is located within the lowlands and tropical areas of the Amazon basin, Bolivia tours tend to highlight the exquisite landscapes of the altiplano.

Salar del Uyuni is an area of lunar like qualities. The highest and largest salt lake in the world (10,000 sq km), surrounded by an impressive panorama of unending white. Few oases exist, such as the "Isla Pescado," where you can find unique flora and fauna found at the altitude of over 3650 m (almost 12,000 ft) above sea level.

In the capital, La Paz, the city is flanked by impressive snow capped peaks of the Andes averaging above 5500 m (18,000 ft) including the triple peak of Mount Illimani at 6402 m (20,999 ft).

On Bolivia tours, the scenery, culture and history are the clear focus, however the people and their cuisine naturally becomes a highlight as well. Women wear many layers of petticoats covered by a colourful dress, and over their shoulders they sling a multi-coloured striped blanket called a 'phulla' in which they carry their groceries. Quinoa and llama are diet staples, with tropical fruit juices and cheese breads found at all mealtimes.

One of South America's largest countries, occupying some of its highest landscapes, Bolivia is a country offering incredible highlights to even the seasoned traveller.